ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Independence Day is right around the corner and as you gear up for your Fourth of July celebrations, keep in mind that some New Mexico communities have fireworks bans in place.
The city is hosting Freedom Fourth from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The family friendly event is free and features one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.
Bernalillo County Commissioners have voted for a voluntary fireworks ban in Albuquerque.
There are certain types of fireworks that are illegal in city limits. If you planning to buy fireworks, read the label. If the label says “warning” that particular device is illegal, if it says “caution” that device is legal. According to the city, the following fireworks are illegal:
- Ground audible devices: Chasers and Fire crackers.
- Aerial devices: including Aerial shell kits and Reloadable tubes, Aerial spinners, Helicopters, Mines, Missile-type, etc.
Bernalillo County Commissioners approved a ban on certain fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. The restrictions have banned the use of all fireworks in the following areas.
- Unincorporated areas east of Louisiana Boulevard to the west face of the Sandia Mountains.
- San Antonio north to the Sandia Indian Reservation
- All mountain areas in all directions to the county line
- Unincorporated areas of the Rio Grande Bosque
- Wildland areas extending 1000 feet from the edge of the Bosque
Violators could face fines up $1000 and less than one year in jail.
To report someone using illegal fireworks call (505) 798-7000.
For more information on Bernalillo County fireworks restrictions visit the county’s website.
Keep in mind that the city of Albuquerque is hosting Freedom Fourth from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday July 4, 2016 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The family friendly event is free and features one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.
Santa Fe County
Due to severe drought conditions, Santa Fe County Commissioners have banned the sale and use of certain fireworks in some areas of Santa Fe County.
The following types of fireworks are banned in unincorporated and wildland areas in the county.
- Aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missle-type rockets, roman candles, shells and stick-type rockets.
- Ground audible devices such as chasers and firecrackers.
Anyone caught using using banned fireworks face up to 90 days in jail or a $300 fine. To report illegal use of fireworks call (505) 428-3710 or 1-800-742-1144. To read Santa Fe County’s firework ban information click here »
Note that fireworks are prohibited in all state and private wildlands outside city or tribal areas. Click here for more information on state fire restrictions »
There are currently several other parts of the state under fire restrictions. In the following areas, fireworks are prohibited.
- Cibola N.F: Mountainair District, New Mexico USFS at Stage II
- Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage I
- Southern Pueblos, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage I
- Cibola N.F: Magdalena District, New Mexico USFS at Stage I
- Cibola N.F: Mt. Taylor District, New Mexico USFS at Stage I
- Cibola N.F: Sandia District, New Mexico USFS at Stage I
- Ramah Navajo Chapter, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage I
- Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage I